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Cultivating Engagement and Innovation: The History of Cisco’s April Fools’ Patent Contest

A Q&A with Cisco Vice President of Intellectual Property, Dan Lang April-1

According to a report from global recruitment firm WilsonHCG, tech companies are the most successful among the Fortune 500 at  finding and recruiting top employees. What’s more telling, within the tech industry, the competition for top talent – especially top engineers – is fierce.

The ability to illustrate how employees are able to work on creative, innovative projects alongside inspiring colleagues and managers truly sets a company apart. Thankfully for us on this the first of April our culture of innovation shines through Cisco’s annual April Fools’ Patent Contest. Read More »

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Digital Britain: The True Meaning of Innovation in Action

When you hear or see the term innovation, what does it make you think of next?  Is it a start-up, a product, a large corporate — or something else?

The term innovation is overused so much in today’s business world that I am getting tired of reading about it.  People have included the word on their LinkedIn profiles “…I am an innovative individual…’’

Are you, really?  What have you done that proves this statement? What new business venture have you started, or new product did you invent?

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Creative Financing for Broadband Infrastructure

By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist

One of the challenging issues about deploying broadband – so they say – is the cost. Access rights. Construction. Lawsuits. All have an effect on time and resources. That’s why it was particularly startling when I started finding references to communities that had found ways to deploy broadband using creative financing and cost structures.

For instance, as noted in Laying Fiber: Creative Broadband Installations, the city of Santa Monica used federal stimulus funds and then partnered with other telecommunications companies. As Broadband Communities’ article Santa Monica City Net: How to Grow a Network notes, the city leased a fiber network from a local cable TV operator.

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Laying Fiber: Creative Broadband Installations

By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist

One of the most aggravating aspects of broadband deployment is the absence of a right answer. A few weeks ago, we asked Private or Public Sector: Who Should Deploy Broadband?. The answer was that there was no clear answer.

More recently, we set out to update Steve Shepard’s 2011 story about Fiber Optic Cable Installation In Sewers, looking for creative ways that companies or countries are using the existing underground passages to deploy fiber inexpensively. Same result: there was no clear answer.

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Steve Wozniak Believes in Education and Creativity

Steve Wozniak gets excited about education.

He recorded a fantastic talk via WebEx about his experiences getting kids excited about technology in education. His enthusiasm is contagious as he passionately discusses the results of his efforts.

Woz, as he is affectionately known, is a huge supporter of teachers and education. He speaks of his great experiences in school as a child and his incredible respect for his teachers and the schools that he attended.

He acknowledges that testing has its problems, that it’s not as powerful as a subjective judgment. He’d rather see a way to evaluate students that takes into account the individual and his or her talents and needs.

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